Some Enchanted Evening

October 8, 2008

Now that Fall is here, I find my social calendar swiftly picking up speed. Everyone wants to be back in action, and that means lots of cocktail parties, dinners and work functions. That also means bringing out my collection of evening bags, which range in size from teeny tiny to roomy, and in style from over-the-shoulder to clutch. If you need to expand your own set of evening bags, you’re in the right place. Portero is featuring a huge selection of gorgeous styles this week in all prices and looks.

Let’s take a look back at the recent Emmys to get a feel for what’s happening on the red carpet. First, we have Nicolette Sheridan (right, above) in a gorgeous purple Angel Sanchez gown. Her clutch choice just goes to show that picking a matching shade can be a good thing. Her purple and gunmetal Kotur Creel bag (below) goes with the dress, but isn’t a perfect match–a very modern way to go.

I’ve already told you that Mad Men is my favorite show on TV, so I’m happy to feature Maggie Siff in this roundup (below, right. She plays Rachel Menken, FYI.) I love the simple silhouette and teal color of her strapless dress, and that she went for some oomph in her choice of clutch. By going with the black feather Celeste by Romanek, she was able to show some personality alongside a relatively classic gown.

Finally we have America Ferrerra carrying an Anya Hindmarch Maud clutch in gold (the silver version is below). The business of her dress was perfectly offset by this unadorned coin-purse style bag that doesn’t take away from her gorgeous gown.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with evening bags. I personally like to pair a black dress with a brightly colored clutch, and I often throw in pattern without going overboard by injecting a python clutch in neutral tones. To start your search, click on the links below:

Judith Leiber
Mary Norton
Leather and Skins
Embellished
Structured

Images via bagsnob.com

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